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Historic church and Abbey

A little difficult to locat needed google maps to find. Watch out as there are 2 entrances side by... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Geoffrey P
,
Exeter
Unusual decoration

The highlight of the church are its plaster scenes...polished to resemble marble but in finer... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
bangsibear
,
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 January 2015

The monastery façade on approach is quite attractive, topped by a belfry. One of the resident nuns kindly gave us an informative tour of the Serpotta decorated church. She said there are now nine nuns in the congregation including a number in the young age group.

The church is delightful and is a marvellous example of the creativity of the master Serpotta. The stucco sculptures show many scenes from the bible, with the sidewalls depicting the life of Jesus. An endearing feature is the presence of putti in various poses.

Other pleasing decorative features are the fine ceiling, other statuary and some paintings.

In the monastery we bought a tray of almond dolci, which sustained us on our way to the next attraction.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank permia
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Reviewed 8 November 2014

We found this convent by chance , and it was indeed a fortunate one : beautiful abbey , well restored and maintained , with interesting exibitions and a wonderful , light architecture .

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

A nice little church in an otherwise not very inspiring town (the ruins are the main attraction). A friendly nun gave us a tour and explained everything in good english. Having said that, what I loved were the home made typical Sicilian sweets you can buy from the nuns in the monastery next door. Buy them - they also travel very well.

Date of experience: April 2014
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Taken on its own this is quite an interesting church but so many others in the area have much more to offer so poor Santo Spirito is rather left in the shade. Small convent adjoining who's nuns are of a silent order who bake and sell cakes.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

The church was supposedly closed that day but we knocked on the door and where received by a young nun that showed us around the church and described the works of art. We could not visit the cloister. The nuns bake and sale delicious pastries with pistacchio and almond. The convent has also a bed & breakfast at very convenient prices.

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank malende
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